What ADAC GT Masters Round 2 Report
Where Norisring, Germany
When 8-9 July 2023
Mokoena’s pace, racecraft impresses in Germany
South African Endurance champion Kwanda Mokoena enjoyed an impressive ADAC GT Masters outing at the daunting Norisring in Germany alongside Dylan Yip in the Liqui Moly Team Engstler Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO II over the weekend.
Driving first after qualifying ninth on Saturday, Mokoena delivered a strong first stint to see him hand the car over in sixth. Kwanda took over again in tenth and a lap down on Sunday, but the Kyalami kid once again impressed in his chase, lapping at the same pace as the leaders through his stint.
“Norisring was a bit of a baptism of fire, but I loved it,” Kwanda grinned. “It’s a short, sharp, and unforgiving street circuit and I had never driven on anything like it before, but I soon got the hang of it. “My first race was brilliant, I made a few moves, some on the outside and fought up to sixth before I handed the car over.
“I never had much to work with in race 2, as the car was a lap down when I took over, but I quickly got into the groove and found myself lapping at a similar pace to the front guys. All in all Norisring was a brilliant experience, and I learned so much racing on a street circuit for the first time.
“I am delighted with my pace, which was not just good in GT Masters, but also close to the DTM midfield , which races similar cars on the same circuit on the same day. So I’m thrilled with that too, and very happy with so plenty positives to take home!”
Kwanda has to wait before he goes home, however, with the short break as the ADAC GT Masters heads to the Nürburgring already this coming weekend. “It’s onwards and upward to Nürburgring this weekend” Kwanda concluded. “I’m relishing my first outing on another great circuit!”
Issued on behalf of Kwanda Mokoena
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